Symposium Agenda

POLICY AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE TO ENHANCE THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF MILITARY VETERANS IN THE PACIFIC RIM

 

SYMPOSIUM AGENDA

 

May 17-19, 2017

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

 

SYMPOSIUM GOAL

In recognition of a global need to ensure policy related to enhancing the well-being of veterans of military service, particularly issues involving health, housing, education, and employment, the University of Southern California is pleased to host members of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, and researchers in the military field, to this two-day symposium on global military veterans policy. The goal of the symposium is to provide a forum for in-depth discussions on issues related to the health and welfare of military veterans in the Pacific Rim. The event will engage experts from the academic, research and military fields in a discussion and share current research trends of the top priorities regarding veterans’ policies that challenge the Pacific Rim. This action research initiative will be the beginning of a process that will anticipate and propose veterans’ policy outcomes that will present more effective options to governments, major health care providers, and veterans support organizations, which will be made available to key decision-making bodies around the world.

 

 

THEMATIC PILLARS

The principle presentation and discussion themes of this year’s symposium will focus on four pillars:

  • GI Bill
  • Suicide Amongst Veterans
  • Disability and Compensation
  • Successful Transition to Civilian Life

 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

 

5:45 pm

 

 

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 

 

 

  **Out of town guests can meet Catalina Vazquez at the USC Radisson

  Midtown lobby to walk over to the University Club, Scripter Room

 

Opening Reception Dinner, University Club, Scripter Room

  Hosted by the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and

  the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

Thursday, May 18, 2017

7:45 am

 

 

  **Out of town guests can meet Catalina Vazquez at the USC Radisson

  Midtown lobby to walk over to the University Club, Scripter Room

 

8:00 am – 9:00 am USC Town & Gown

Registration and Breakfast in Courtyard

Opening Ceremonies

 

9:00 am – 10:15 am   9:00 am: Opening Remarks and Introduction of USC Provost Michael

Quick by Dean Marilyn Flynn, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of

Social Work

 

9:05 am: USC Welcome by Professor Michael Quick, USC Senior Vice

President for Academic Affairs and Provost

 

9:15 am: Introduction of Lieutenant General (Retired) Jeffrey W. Talley

by Dean Jack Knott, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

 

9:20 am: Featured Speaker, Lieutenant General (Retired) Jeffrey W.  

  Talley, former Chief of Army Reserve

 

9:50 am: Questions and Answers with Lieutenant General (Retired)

Talley

 

10:00 am: Introduction of Chistopher Tremewan, APRU Secretary

General by Prof. Shantanu Dutta, USC Marshall School of Business

 

10:05 am: APRU Welcome, Christopher Tremewan, APRU Secretary

General

 

 

 

10:15 am – 11:30 am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11:30 am – 11:40 am

 

 

 

11:40 am – 12:00 pm

 

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

 Lead Presentation with Discussion

 

“Service Connected Disability Compensation: A Perspective from Mental Health Clinical Research”

  Robert Rosenheck MD, VA New England Mental Illness, Research,

  Education and Professor of Psychiatry, Epidemiology and Public Health,

and the Child Study Center, Yale Medical School, VA Connecticut

Health Care System

 

  Disability Compensation for veterans is controversial because it  

  represents the intersection of three spheres of discourse: The discourse

  of justice, income replacement, and health care. Compensation policy

  is rightly guided primarily by concerns for justice and income

  replacement. The health outcomes perspective is largely concerned with

  the unintended consequences of compensation policy for health and

  functioning.  Few studies have empirically examined these

  consequences. The presentation will review relevant research and is

  intended to dispel misconceptions and articulate legitimate policy

  concerns.

 

Introduction to USC Center for Innovation and Research

on Military Veterans and Military Families, Prof. Carl Castro, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

 

Break

 

Luncheon in Courtyard

 

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Afternoon Panel Sessions with Discussion

 

The GI Bill

 Moderated by Prof. Carl Castro, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of

Social Work

 

Presentations:

1.    Prof. Carl Castro, Professor and Director of the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

2.    Prof. TJ McCarthy, Assistant Professor, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

3.    Dr. David Pedlar, Director of Research at the National Headquarters of Veterans Affairs, Canada

 

 

  Overview and discussion of the GI Bill: strengths, challenges and

  opportunities. The GI Bill of Rights has a long history of successes and

  challenges. What are the strengths and opportunities that face the

  Department of Veteran Affairs education benefit program earned by

  members while on active duty? The bill is designed to help eligible

  Veterans cover the costs associated with getting an education and   

  training. Is the program effective? Are the outcomes measurable? What

  needs to be addressed? How can research benefit the program and what  

  are the lessons learned? Are they potentially exportable to the Pacific

  Rim?

 

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm

 

Afternoon Break

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Suicide Amongst Veterans

 

Moderated by Dr. Eyal Fruchter, Head of the Psychiatric Ward,

Rambam Medical Center, Haifa, Israel

Presentations:

1.    Dr. Eyal Fruchter, Head of the Psychiatric Ward, Rambam Medical Center, Haifa, Israel

2.    Dr. Yueh-Ming Tai, Institute of Health and Welfare Policy at National Yang-Ming University, and Psychiatry at Taoyuan Armed Forces General Hospital

3.    Dr. Szu-Nian Yang, Institute of Health and Welfare Policy at National Yang-Ming University, and MD/Psychiatry at Taoyuan Armed Forces General Hospital

4.    Dr. John Cooper, Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne

5.    Dr. David Pedlar, Director of Research at the National Headquarters of Veterans Affairs, Canada

 

  Suicide: the facts, the reality and the challenges. Military veteran suicide

  is an ongoing phenomenon regarding a high rate of suicide among

  military veterans in comparison to the general public. Veterans are not

  only more likely to have suicidal ideation often associated with PTSD and

  depression, but are more likely to act on a suicidal plan. How can

  research and practical application help stem this disturbing trend?

 

 

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm  Disability and Compensation

 

Moderated by Prof. John Romley, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

 

Presentations:

1.    Dr. Courtney C. Coile, Professor of Economics, Director, Knapp Social Science Center, Wellesley College

2.    Dr. Michael Mattock, Senior Economist, RAND

 

 Setting the scene: what are the parameters and why do they matter? Do

 they effectively compensate for considerable loss of post-service working

 time as a result of active service exacerbations or illnesses, including

 post-traumatic stress disorder? What are the successes and what needs

 to change? How can research provide clearer focus, fill gaps and

 promote proactive, sustainable compensation and opportunity?

5:00 pm

 

 

 

5:45 pm

 

Closing remarks, Associate Dean Cherrie Short, Office of Global &

Community Initiatives, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social

Work

 

  **Shuttles depart to dean’s residence from the USC Radisson Midtown

  (meet at entrance of hotel)

 

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Reception and Dinner

  Hosted by Dean Marilyn Flynn, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of

  Social Work (Location: Dean Flynn’s private residence, Los Angeles)

Friday, May 19, 2017

8:00 am – 8:30 am USC Town & Gown

Breakfast in Courtyard

 

 

8:30 am – 10:15 am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morning Panel Session with Discussion

Successful Transition to Civilian Life

 Moderated by Dr. David Pedlar, Director of Research at the National

Headquarters of Veterans Affairs, Canada

Presentations:

1.    Dr. Carl Castro, Professor and Director of the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

2.    Dr. Soo Kyung Park, Associate Dean and Professor, School of Social Welfare, Yonsei University; Dr. Jae Yop Kim, Professor, School of Social Welfare, Yonsei University; Hyun Lee, Doctoral student, School of Social Welfare, Yonsei University

3.    Dr. Jae Sung Choi, Professor, School of Social Welfare, Yonsei University; Kyu Hyoung Jeong, Doctoral student, School of Social Welfare, Yonsei University

4.    Dr. John Cooper, Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne

5.    Dr. David Pedlar, Director of Research at the National Headquarters of Veterans Affairs, Canada

 

  Overview of successful transition to civilian life: how veterans view

  themselves and how they are viewed by their communities. What are the

  most successful strategies for reintegration? In what ways can we

  measure activity effectiveness that enhance veteran identities and well-

  being? What is the role of research in ensuring success for veterans and

  their families?

10:15 am – 10:30 am  

  Break

 

10:30 am – 11:30 am   Closing Discussion, Key Findings and Next Steps

Moderated by Symposium Steering Committee members Dr. Carl

 Castro and Dr. Dave Pedlar

 

 Round table discussion of current research activity by Symposium  

 participants, including overall review and assessment: conclusions, gaps,

 action items and next steps. Which will propose and anticipate policy

 outcomes for veterans and strategies for continued inclusion of APRU

 institutions.

 

11:30 am – 12:00 pm   Closing remarks, symposium outcomes and future action; making

  a difference moving forward

 Dean Marilyn Flynn, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social

Work

Dean Jack Knott, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

Associate Dean Cherrie Short, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of

Social Work

 

12:00 pm   Lunch in Courtyard and Departure